Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert is being investigated for his role in
the sale of a major bank while serving as finance
Israel allowed Egypt to ship a cache of weapons
to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to
aid in his struggle with Hamas.
to Israeli officials, Iran has been sending as much
as $15 million a month to the Hamas movement
enabling it to build a paramilitary force parallel
to Abbas' security apparatus.
Israeli PM Olmert tries to boost moderate PA
President Mahmoud Abbas in his struggle with Hamas
by removing some of the
in the West Bank, offering $100 million in frozen
tax income and indicating he might release some
Abbas and Olmert hold summit.
12/11 Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert,
inadvertently acknowledged that Israel has
12/11 Three young sons of Fatah loyalist, Col.
Baha Balousheh, were killed on their way to school.
Balousheh was targeted in a failed attack by Hamas
militants in September 2006.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he expected
to call early elections in a bid to oust the Hamas government, end Western
economic sanctions and open the way for peace talks
The Palestinian Hamas Cabinet and Prime Minister
Ismail Haniyeh agreed to step down to be replaced by
experts with ties to, but not members of Hamas, in
hopes of ending the crippling boycott of aid put in
place in March.
In early June 2006, Popular Resistance
Committees leader, Jamal Abu-Samhadana, was killed
by Israeli Defense Forces.
Sunday, June 25th, the Palestinian militant faction,
Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) finished a
tunnel dug from Gaza to Israel and launched an
attack. The offensive ended with the kidnapping of
19-year old Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit on June 25th.
The same day, Israelis found the body of an 18-year
old Jewish settler from the West Bank who had been
kidnapped and executed by the same group.
rounded up and detained more than two dozen Hamas
elected officials on June 28. Palestinians feared
that the "jailing of so many Hamas politicians at
once could paralyze a government already beset by an
international aid boycott.
bombed the Palestinian Interior Ministry building in
downtown Gaza City and other targets on June 30th.
Israelis say the attack was intended to end Qassam (Kassam)
rocket fire from Gaza into the Israeli village of
Sderot, undermine the Hamas Damascus headquarters
and perhaps topple the Hamas government.
Street fighting erupts between Hamas and the
more moderate Fatah Party when Palestinian Authority
PResident Mahmoud Abbas, of Fatah, attempted to
limit Hamas' policing power.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
(a.k.a. Abu Mazen) forbade civilians to carry
weapons in an effort to rein in militant groups and
quell lawlessness in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
American migration to Israel is on the rise for
the first time in 20 years.
Abbas, the new head of the PLO after Arafat's
death, claimed that Palestinians had a right to
struggle against Israel --but encouraged resistance
by peaceful means.
November 27, 2004
Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan
Barghouthi decided not to run in the Palestinian
presidential election giving Mahmoud Abbas a clear
November 10, 2004
PLO and Palestinian Authority leader, Yasser
Arafat dies. (See Arafat
October 29, 2004
Yasser Arafat was
airlifted to a French hospital after he lost
October 25, 2004
Israel's parliament (Knesset) voted to give up
control over the Gaza Strip. (See
Gaza Strip update)
Israel’s Prime Minister, Ariel
Sharon, approved the construction of 600 new homes
in Maale Adumim, a large settlement outside
Jerusalem in the West Bank. The building project is
seen as a violation of the
map which calls on Israel to freeze
settlement activity. The Israeli government claims
the restriction applies only to the development of
new settlements and outposts, not construction on
The controversial separation barrier is
expected to be built around the settlement,
enclosing it within Israel-proper.
Three Palestinians accused of collaborating with
Israel have been killed by fellow Palestinians.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Korei and the PA
Cabinet have approved a plan to deal with increasing
lawlessness and civil unrest. The proposal includes
plans to issue uniforms to the police force,
purchase police vehicles and improve lines of
27 - Palestinian Authority Prime Minster Ahmed
Korei withdrew his resignation after Arafat agreed
to adhere to the "basic law," the Palestinian
constitution which grants the prime minister and
president shared governmental powers, including
control over the security forces.
17 - Several thousand Palestinians
protested in Gaza over Yasser's appointment of his
unpopular and corrupt cousin, Musa Arafat, as
head of general security.
The appointment of Musa Arafat,
Yasser Arafat's reluctance to loosen his grip on the
control of the security services and the lack of
institutional reforms led Prime Minister Ahmed Korei
to submit his resignation.
15 -- More than 100,000 Israelis
demonstrated in favor of Ariel Sharon's plan to
pull-out of the Gaza Strip.
Earlier, sixty percent of eligible Likud Party
voters rejected the plan in a Party referendum.
17 -- Less than a month after he
replaced Sheikh Yassin as head of Hamas, Dr. Abdul
Aziz al-Rantissi was also killed by Israeli forces.
Ariel Sharon warned that Arafat was among those
who might be targeted for assassination (see
22 -- Hamas founder and leader, cleric Sheikh Ahmed Yassin,
killed by Israeli missiles.